DHL Express, an international courier services provider, has launched a new service in India called the 'University Express', which is exclusively for students applying for higher studies overseas.
As part of the service, students applying for higher studies abroad will enjoy a 50 per cent discount for each applications sent anywhere in the world. They will also have the convenience of a free pick up of their documents from their homes, colleges or hostels.
University Express will also provide students with free packaging to ensure 'unruffled' delivery of their applications.
The University Express service is targeted at the large number of Indian students who apply for international exams such as the GRE, GMAT or SAT to various universities and colleges around the world.
According to DHL estimates, more than 200,000 students apply to universities overseas every year. Of these, around 85,000 are successful, making India the second highest country in terms of students studying overseas.
Of these 200,000 students around 85 per cent apply for post-graduate courses and around 15 per cent apply for under graduate courses.
The key destinations are US (80 per cent), UK (10 per cent) and Australia (5 per cent). DHL promises to deliver to these destinations in two working days.
"Thousands of students from India apply to universities and colleges overseas, every year. Admission is highly competitive and students want a safe and secure service with proof-of-delivery. With University Express, students can enjoy the same high quality of DHL service, ensuring that their applications will be delivered safely and on time," said Chris Callen, country manager, DHL Worldwide Express (India).
A student's shipment sent through DHL University Express will get the same attention as that of any other customer including priority status and specialised handling of the shipment for safe and secure delivery, at no extra charge.
To be eligible, student shipments must be addressed to a valid University authority overseas and must be contained in the special packaging provided free of charge by DHL Express.
DHL University Express also offers International Student Identity Cards providing special discounts on international travel and accommodation.
"As more and more Indian students apply to educational institutes abroad, they also need more time to prepare high quality application documents. University Express offers Indian students the convenience of free home pickups, free packaging and the opportunity to experience the word's leading air express service at attractive discounts," said Callen.
India is the first country in which DHL has launched a service targeted specifically at students applying overseas for further studies.
Students can access the DHL University Express service at all DHL Express Centres around the country.